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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: August 18, 2016
State unemployment rate declines to 5.7% in July; nonfarm jobs up 1,700. Connecticut Labor Situation - July 2016 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, August 18, 2016 - – Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state added 1,700 jobs (0.10%) during July 2016 to a level of 1,693,000, seasonally adjusted. Since July 2015, nonagricultural employment in the state has grown by approximately 20,200 positions (1.21%, 1,683 jobs per month). June’s originally released job gain of 7,900 (0.47%) was revised down to 5,800 (0.34%). Year-to-date seasonally adjusted job growth is projected at 13,000 through July.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate for July 2016 was calculated at 5.7%, seasonally adjusted (based on the CPS - Current Population Survey and statistical models). This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised June 2016 rate of 5.8% but higher by three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (5.4%). The number of the state’s unemployed declined by 1,904 (-1.7%) in July.

“There is uniformly good news in our employment surveys last month,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Payroll jobs grew. Our labor force grew and we saw our unemployment rate decline for the first time since August of last year.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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July 2016 preliminary seasonally adjusted nonfarm job estimates reveal a 1,700 (0.10%) monthly job gain, as five of the ten major industry supersectors added jobs. Since July 2015, the state has increased nonagricultural employment by 20,200 positions (1.21%) with all ten major industry supersectors contributing to job gains.

The state's Private Sector in the state, at 1,453,700, was up by 3,000 (0.21%) in July and higher by 20,100 jobs (1.40%, 1,675 jobs per month) over the year. The Government supersector lost 1,300 jobs (-0.54%, 239,300) last month but still remains slightly positive over the year (100, 0.04%).

Five of the ten major industry supersectors increased nonfarm jobs in July 2016 and five declined on a seasonally adjusted basis. Leisure and Hospitality (1,700, 1.1%, 154,600 jobs) and the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (1,700, 0.6%, 298,200 jobs) added the most jobs last month. Restaurants and accommodations (1,500, 1.2%, 125,700 jobs) boosted leisure while retail trade (1,300, 0.7%, 182,200 positions) rebounded some in trade and transportation, after declining for two months in a row. Leisure and Hospitality (3,900, 2.6%) now leads in numeric job growth over the year. The Professional and Business Services supersector (1,200, 0.5%, 219,400) added positons as well on the strength in administrative services (1,800, 2.0%, 90,300 jobs). Smaller job gains came through from the Other Services (400, 0.6%, 67,500 jobs) and the Manufacturing (300, 0.2%, 159,900 positions) supersectors. The small other services supersector leads the ten major industry supersectors in percentage growth over the year (3,500, 5.5%).

The Government (-1,300, -0.5%, 239,300) supersector led all declining employment industry supersectors in July. Local (-1,000, -0.7%, 151,300 jobs) and state (-300, -0.4%, 70,300 positions) government were both lower while the federal government was unchanged. The private Education and Health Services (-900, -0.3%, 328,400 jobs) supersector posted the next largest monthly job decline. The Construction and Mining (-600, -1.0%, 58,600 jobs) industry supersector was also lower for the second month in a row. Smaller job losses also arose from the Information (-500, -1.5%, 33,500) and the Financial Activities (-300, -0.2%, 133,600) supersectors.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jul 2016 Jul 2015 Change Rate % Jul 2016 Jun 2016 Change Rate % May 2016 Apr 2016 Mar 2016
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,693,000 1,672,800 20,200 1.2% 1,693,000 1,691,300 1,700 0.1% 1,685,500 1,689,500 1,686,300
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,453,700 1,433,600 20,100 1.4% 1,453,700 1,450,700 3,000 0.2% 1,449,300 1,451,700 1,448,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 58,000 57,600 400 0.7% 58,000 58,600 -600 -1.0% 59,500 58,600 57,100
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,900 159,300 600 0.4% 159,900 159,600 300 0.2% 160,900 159,700 159,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 298,200 296,700 1,500 0.5% 298,200 296,500 1,700 0.6% 297,600 300,200 299,200
go to Information sector data table Information 33,500 32,300 1,200 3.7% 33,500 34,000 -500 -1.5% 33,600 34,600 34,300
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 133,600 130,000 3,600 2.8% 133,600 133,900 -300 -0.2% 132,500 131,800 131,100
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 219,400 216,400 3,000 1.4% 219,400 218,200 1,200 0.5% 218,700 219,100 217,500
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 328,400 326,100 2,300 0.7% 328,400 329,300 -900 -0.3% 328,500 329,900 329,200
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 154,600 150,700 3,900 2.6% 154,600 152,900 1,700 1.1% 152,200 152,400 155,400
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 67,500 64,000 3,500 5.5% 67,500 67,100 400 0.6% 65,300 64,900 64,700
go to Government sector data table Government 239,300 239,200 100 0.0% 239,300 240,600 -1,300 -0.5% 238,800 237,800 237,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 144,448,000 142,001,000 2,447,000 1.7% 144,448,000 144,193,000 255,000 0.2% 143,901,000 143,856,000 143,755,000
Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 98,800 positions, or 83.0% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession. The state needs to reach the 1,713,300 seasonally adjusted job mark to enter an employment expansion. This will require 20,300 additional nonfarm jobs to be created. Connecticut’s nonfarm jobs recovery is now 77 months old and is averaging roughly 1,283 jobs per month since February 2010.

Recession Recovery

Connecticut's Private Sector has reclaimed employment at a better pace, recovering 107,200 (96.0%, about 1,392 jobs per month) of the 111,700 private sector positions that were lost during that same employment downturn. The government supersector has lost another 8,400 positions since the employment recovery began in February 2010 in addition to the 7,400 jobs the sector lost in the recession (Native American employment on reservations, including casinos, are calculated in local government in Connecticut).

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Regional nonfarm employment gains were calculated in three of the four Connecticut labor market areas (LMA's, NECTA's in New England - New England City and Town Areas) that are seasonally-adjusted by the BLS, while the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA was unchanged at 128,800 in July 2016. The largest Connecticut labor market area, the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (+1,900, +0.3%, 575,100 jobs) posted the best regional employment gain last month, while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (+700, +0.2%, 415,200) and the New Haven LMA (+200, +0.1%, 284,400 jobs) exhibited smaller monthly job gains as well. Over the year, the New Haven LMA (+5,100, +1.8%, 284,400 jobs) now leads in yearly percentage job growth (1.8%) while the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (+6,600, +1.2%, 575,100) now leads in numeric job growth (+6,600). All four of these seasonally adjusted NECTA's are adding jobs over the year.

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total. Only four of the six BLS–estimated labor markets are seasonally adjusted. The Danbury LMA and the Waterbury LMA are not seasonally adjusted at this time due to a recent geography change.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.6 hours in July 2016, up two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (0.6%). Average hourly earnings at $30.15, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.35, or 4.7%, from the July 2015 hourly earnings estimate ($28.80). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,013.04, up $51.12, or 5.3% higher than a year ago. Note: Other data sources do not support this aggressive level of wage growth.

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in July 2016 was 0.8%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model applying the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 1,904 (-1.7%) over the month to 108,596 in July 2016. Over the year, the number of the state’s jobless residents has increased by 7,056 (6.9%). The state’s labor force increased marginally (309, less than 0.1%) over the month, but is expanding moderately over the year (15,092, 0.8%).
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Jan   1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.2 1,747.6 156.6 1,865.1 1,714.8 150.3 1,873.8 1,741.1 132.7 1,900.2 1,784.1 116.2 1,892.3 1,788.5 103.8
Feb   1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,901.9 1,745.5 156.3 1,863.3 1,714.6 148.8 1,876.5 1,745.5 131.0 1,900.1 1,785.7 114.4 1,896.1 1,791.6 104.5
Mar   1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.0 1,742.2 156.8 1,862.9 1,715.4 147.5 1,879.0 1,749.9 129.2 1,898.6 1,786.7 111.9 1,901.9 1,794.4 107.5
Apr   1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.8 157.9 1,863.8 1,717.4 146.4 1,881.1 1,753.9 127.1 1,895.9 1,786.8 109.1 1,904.9 1,795.5 109.4
May   1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.9 159.1 1,865.5 1,720.0 145.4 1,882.8 1,757.8 125.0 1,892.4 1,786.2 106.2 1,901.9 1,793.6 108.3
Jun   1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.2 1,728.2 160.0 1,867.1 1,722.7 144.4 1,884.6 1,761.6 123.0 1,888.7 1,785.3 103.5 1,900.6 1,790.1 110.5
Jul   1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.5 1,724.2 160.2 1,868.0 1,725.0 143.0 1,886.6 1,765.2 121.4 1,885.8 1,784.3 101.5 1,900.9 1,792.3 108.6
Aug   1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,881.0 1,721.4 159.6 1,868.3 1,726.9 141.4 1,889.0 1,768.7 120.3 1,884.2 1,783.5 100.6
Sep   1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.8 1,719.5 158.3 1,868.2 1,728.7 139.6 1,891.6 1,772.1 119.5 1,883.6 1,783.1 100.5
Oct   1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.5 1,718.1 156.4 1,868.4 1,730.8 137.7 1,894.4 1,775.5 118.9 1,883.8 1,783.0 100.8
Nov   1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,871.1 1,716.9 154.2 1,869.4 1,733.5 135.9 1,897.1 1,778.8 118.2 1,884.3 1,783.0 101.4
Dec   1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,867.9 1,715.7 152.2 1,871.2 1,736.9 134.3 1,899.1 1,781.7 117.4 1,885.2 1,783.1 102.1
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
The July 2016 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut decreased by 1,225 claimants (-25.0%) to 3,671 from June 2016 (4896), and were also down by 227 claims (-5.8%) from the July 2015 level of 3,898. The large claims decline last month seemed to offset the larger education-related increase in June.
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Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.2 -0.4 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.7 4.7 -1.0
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.8 4.9 -0.9
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.3 -0.1 5.7 4.9 -0.8
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.3 -0.2 6.3 6.0 -0.3 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Monday, September 19, 2016 (August 2016 data)
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